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NBA Predictions: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors Pick: March 4th 2013

March 4th, 2013
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NBA Predictions: March 4th 2013
Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors
Pick: Toronto +6
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The Raptors saw their playoff hopes take a serious hit when they lost in overtime to Milwaukee, and I played the Bucks in that game and got very fortunate to cover. Hindsight is 20/20, but looking back, I underestimated the Raptors will to win, and their ability to compete without Rudy Gay. That being said, I am going to right back against Toronto in tonight’s game at Golden State.

After the loss to Milwaukee, the Raptors players and coaches told reporters that they will not quit, and that their push for the playoffs is not over. Well ..what do you expect them to say? The reality is, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that they don’t have any realistic hope of making the post-season. I think Toronto will suffer a let down with the realization that they came so close in Milwaukee, but eventually saw their season end in that overtime period.

With that, there is no reason for Rudy Gay to play hurt, and we may see the coaching staff begin experimenting with the lineup. Terrence Ross could see some more minutes, and Andrea Bargnani (despite his defensive shortcomings) may be left on the court a little longer, much to delight of opposing big men.

Both teams are playing in a 3-in-4 situation, but fatigue is likely going to hurt the Raptors more, with Rudy Gay hurting, and little left to play for. The Warriors have their eyes on the playoffs, and he way Stephen Curry is playing, they could be a dangerous team moving forward.

Take Golden State.

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